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Dinner for 10 people on the Upper West Side

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I recently moved to the Upper West Side and haven't had the chance to try out many restaurants. A bunch of my friends from out of state are coming into the city in a few weeks for a birthday dinner. Can anyone suggest a restaurant good for a big group in the 80s or 90s?

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  1. Carmine's on 90th and broadway is family-style italian. You need to go with a group since the portions are gigantic (and tasty). And the UWS location is a little less noisy & touristy than the one in times square (while still quite lively). I've had a few friends host birthday dinners there over the years. They generally don't take reservations, but I think they make an exception for large parties, so you should be in luck and be able to avoid a long wait.
    http://www.carminesnyc.com/

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    1. re: muffintop

      If you're considering Carmine's, I think Sambuca (72nd btw CPW and Columbus) is much better. Same style of food, better quality and quieter.

    2. Landmarc at Time Warner Center might be good, but it's at 60th. Also, Compass is a great restaurant--I always have an excellent meal there. (www.compassrestaurant.com)

      1. I second the Compass suggestion. (It's in the 70s, but still.) My boyfriend's (discriminating) family had a great 10-person dinner there and it was not so easy to find a place to accommodate 10 (he was on jury duty so I was doing the calling around -- tough).